Applications for MMAPSS grants now open

The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (or MMAPSS) annual grants program is now open to support eligible Australian organisations that care for and preserve Australia’s rich maritime heritage.  The closing date for applications is 31 August 2012.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for General Maritime Heritage Projects, and for 2012 only a separate category gives grants up to $5,000 for Education and Public Program Development projects.

Internships for up to two weeks are also available for staff and volunteers from regional and remote organisations; a great way to develop skills and knowledge and to create a valuable network of professional contacts.

The grant program focusses on the areas of collection management, conservation, presentation, education and museological training. Since 1995, the program has distributed over $900,000 to support organisations across Australia to run amazing and diverse projects.

Last year supported projects included an archaeological dig for shipwrecks, a traditional canoe building workshop and the analysis of a sea chest, untouched for almost 100 years!

Sea chest filled with medicine

Richmond River Historical Society: ‘Healing Sickness at Sea’ Project – A medicine chest from the SS St George. Photo & Clipping: Geoffrey Foley (RRHS)

If your organisation would like to apply, check out our website for details about the application process, key dates, eligibility and a list of past grant recipients (including a great Google map showing the spread of projects across Australia).

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the grant program. You can find my contact details on the website.

– Sharon Babbage, MMAPSS Coordinator

The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian National Maritime Museum.

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